Kaylee Lukacena-Buzzetta

Teaching Assistant

Office: 206 McVey Hall

Phone: 859-257-4102

Email: kaylee.lukacena [at] uky.edu

Personal Website: http://comm.uky.edu/lukacena

B.A., Communication, Muskingum University, 2014; M.A., Health Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016

Health Communication, Interpersonal Communication

Kaylee M. Lukacena-Buzzetta is a Ph.D. candidate and teaching assistant in the College of Communication and Information. Kaylee is committed to research focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of health campaigns, as well as interpersonal health communication. In regard to health topics, Kaylee primarily focuses on issues of social and relational importance such as working to alleviate the opioid epidemic, preventing sexual assault, and empowering victims of intimate partner violence through the promotion of effective support strategies. Kaylee serves as the project manager for Dr. Helme's grant aimed at designing messages to reduce the nonmedical use of prescription drugs in Appalachia. At UK, Kaylee has taught a variety of communication courses. She currently serves as the instructor of record for Introduction to Health Communication and Communication Strategies for Profesional Excellence. Kaylee enjoys hiking with her husband and two dogs, Stormy and Yuengling.

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Courses Taught

This writing intensive course examines basic verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process between individuals in various interpersonal contexts. Course also requires participation in written and oral activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills. Topics may include: perspective-taking, relationship and conversation management, effective listening, conflict management, communication climate, communication anxiety, and cultural/gender differences in interpersonal communication.
Designed to introduce students to basic concepts in the study of organizational communication. The course considers approaches to the practice and study of communication within organizational settings, including classical approach, human relations, human resources approaches, systems approaches, cultural approaches, and critical approaches. It also introduces specific issues within the study of organizational communication, including assimilation, decision-making, conflict, change, emotion, cultural diversity and communication technologies.
Considers various theoretical perspectives which lead to a more thorough understanding of communication processes. Begins with discussion of the development of theory and inquiry. Includes perspectives of systems, cognitive, behavioral, affective, symbolic interactionist, dramatic, cultural and social reality, interpretive and critical theories.
Research and study of special topics in communication. The student proposes the specific study to be undertaken and formally contracts with a faculty supervisor for guidance and evaluation. Ordinarily, projects will require the production of written materials as a basis for the evaluation. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits.
Provides an overview of research and theory related to the “dark side” of interpersonal communication and relationships. This course will cover topics such as secrets, bullying, cyber-stalking, verbal abuse, and revenge between romantic partners, family members, friends,and sometimes strangers.
This course examines theory and research relevant to health communication including interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication approaches. Topics include the role of communication in general models of health and illness, the relationship between patients and healthcare providers, social support, and health campaigns.
With the proliferation of technologically advanced social media (e.g., Facebook, chat, Twitter) available at the fingertips of individuals through multiple channels (e.g., phone, iPad, laptop, online video games), interpersonal relationships are being affected. Negotiating this relatively new, understudied, and quickly evolving terrain can present relational difficulties for a variety of relationships types. Students in this class will gain a thorough understanding of multiple communication platforms and the communication theory that can explain the interactions occurring in each platform, as well as improve their mediated communication skills to enhance interpersonal relationships.
Communication Strategies for Professional Excellence introduces students to a variety of technical and business theories and practices designed to be applicable to business communication in the real world. This course is focused on communication strategies to use once the job has been secured, rather than those to get the job (i.e., resume, cover letter, interviewing). Specifically, the course teaches the fundamentals of good business communication, including protocols for writing media notices/releases, marketing copy, business letters, memoranda, electronic mail, thank you notes, apology letters, persuasive messages, and business plans. Throughout these writing assignments, you will also become acquainted with the strategies used by communication professionals such as functions of media, employee, community, government, investor, and consumer relations. In addition, there will be instruction in oral presentation and in depth practice on both an individual and a collaborative basis. Finally, students will also learn tactics for running a business meeting, dealing with organizational conflict, and finding ways to enhance their business communication through technically based media.